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Religious minorities’ woes

Amidst all the kerfuffle about general elections looming on the horizon, our attention has been diverted (inadvertently or deliberately?) from the continuing plight of religious minorities in our society. Consider.…

The welfare of minorities

EACH year, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom publishes its annual report, which normally includes a chapter on Pakistan. In its 2022 report, the Commission focused on blasphemy and…

‘Minorities’ and their rights

Talking about minority rights is essentially an attempt to change the world for future generations; how societies treat their minorities often reflects their ideals for the future. We can mimic…

In Britain, virus hits ethnic minorities hardest

When Amer Awan’s father died of coronavirus, mourners congregated with little thought of social distancing. But cultural practices alone do not explain why Britain’s ethnic minorities have been hardest hit…

Murdering minorities

In a bold and defiant recent book, This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto (2019), Suketu Mehta has written a deeply erudite defence of global migrants and refugees who…

On minorities – Part I

Until earlier this year, Imran Ali Chishti’s fame was restricted to a small quarter of Nankana Sahib, and the 79 followers on his YouTube channel. Chishti, whose channel features a…

The future of minorities

Protests against the amended Citizenship Act introduced by Indian PM Narendra Modi’s government continue to grow and intensify in India. Although this bill is against Muslims, there is hope, as…

Minorities Under Attack?

Minorities under attack?

“The government of Pakistan failed to adequately protect minorities groups, including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis, and Shia Muslims, and it perpetrated systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations; this occurred despite…

Minorities at risk

AS a country, we bask in the praise of foreigners, but when they are critical — as they often are — we bristle with indignation and go into our usual…

Minorities’ long wait

INDICATIONS that the government is planning to act proactively in addressing the grievances of the minority communities can only be welcomed. Fortunately, no time-consuming inquiry is needed to ascertain the…